Exhibitor Forum Call for Proposals

Timeline | Requirements | Categories | ReviewGuidelines

The purpose of the Exhibitor Forum is to present content on the exhibit floor that is interesting to both the technical and business audiences that attend DAC. The Exhibitor Forum submissions are only open to current DAC exhibiting companies.

The Exhibitor Forum offers vendors and service providers with a venue to deliver technical deep-dives that are open to both Exhibits and Technical Program attendees. It is a great opportunity to showcase underlying technologies or use cases to a large audience outside the confines of an exhibit space. Presentations should focus on technical challenges, underpinning technologies, and distinctive technical features. Those with a marketing or sales focus will not be accepted.

Sessions will include topics at the forefront of electronic design and follow DAC’s key topics areas as well as focused methodologies: :  

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Cloud
  • Design
  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
  • Embedded Systems & Software (ESS)
  • IP
  • Security

Each Exhibitor Forum session is 30 minutes.. There is no limit to the number of submissions per vendor, but no more than one presentation per vendor will be accepted. 

Accepted Exhibit Forum presentations will be a sponsored presentation for a fee of $4,000.  The accepted presentation will be invoiced to the exhibitor company submitting the proposal.  

Presentations and panels will be video recorded with the permission of the presenting company.  Presenting company will have access to the video via YouTube one month after DAC. Presentations, Panels and other possible Forum activities are to be submitted via the DAC website, due by March 15.

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Submission Timeline

  • September 29, 2023: Submission site open
  • January 16, 2024: Submission deadline 5:00PM (PST)
  • March 15, 2024: Submission deadline extension 5:00PM (PST)
  • February 26, 2024: Notification - Accept as presentation or reject notifications will be emailed to authors. 
  • April 10, 2024: A/V Form Due - Accepted presentations must submit an A/V Permission Form. 
  • April 10, 2024: Speaker Registration Deadline - One author from each presentation must register at the speaker registration rate and present at conference
  • April 10, 2024: All panelists and moderators must be registered to attend DAC. Late registrations after April 29 may lead to dismissal and replacement on the accepted panel.
  • April 27, 2024: Draft Slides Due - Submission deadline for draft of final presentations and speaker bios (for full talks only). All material will be reviewed by DAC Pavilion Chairs
  • May 7, 2024: Slide Feedback - Deadline for chairs to communicate poster and slide presentation feedback to authors
  • May 21, 2024: Final SlidesDue - Deadline for authors to submit final presentation slides. 

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Submission Requirements

Your session information will be submitted via a web form (an abstract of no more than 250 words) and an optional file upload (e.g. white paper, presentation, or other material).

Do not submit company-confidential information, since this file will be disseminated to the Exhibitor Forum review committee.


The presenter’s name, presentation title, and abstract will appear in the online DAC program exactly as you enter it in the submission site. Presenters must be a member of the participating exhibiting company that is presenting in the Forum.

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Review Criteria

Exhibitor Forum presentations must be associated with a DAC industry exhibits booth.

Exhibitor Forum proposals are reviewed by experts and are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Alignment of content to the topic areas listed above and the DAC 2024 conference theme,
  • Demonstrated or potential impact on the design automation industry
  • Newness
  • Relevance of presented innovation(s)

The first two points of criteria are valued at 30 points each. The second two are valued at 20 points each. A perfect submission would receive 100 points total.

All other factors, including order of submissions, will have no bearing on acceptance. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Panels are intended to be of broad interest and attract a large audience. Panel topics should be interesting and timely, and the panels themselves should be engaging and informative. Each Exhibit Forum Panel is 45 minutes long.


  • A good panel session explores a single high-level issue or question and includes representatives of differing viewpoints.
  • Controversy is appropriate and encouraged.
  • The topic should be relevant to multiple segments of DAC attendees.

We encourage the submission of ideas and suggestions for panel topics. The conference organizing committee will do its best to collaborate with the panel proposers to shape and refine the suggestions and to finalize the slate of panel speakers. Submitters of panel suggestions that are chosen for the conference will be recognized in the final conference program. All panels, panel speakers and moderators must receive final approval from the DAC Executive Committee, which takes into consideration the topics and the participants of all conference sessions to provide a diverse set of topics, participants and perspectives.

Submission Categories

Please select up to two of the following Topic Areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Cloud
  • Design
  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
  • Embedded Systems & Software (ESS)
  • IP
  • Security


Please select up to three of the following Keywords:

  • Verification/Validation
  • Hardware security
  • Test/Manufacturing/Reliability/Safety
  • Analog & Mixed Signal
  • Architecture & System Design
  • Interconnects/networking
  • Front end design
  • Low Power
  • Back end design
  • Implementation
  • Automotive
  • System security
  • IoT
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Security & Privacy
  • Contest
  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Cloud
  • Any

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Review Process and Selection

  • Submissions are reviewed by Exhibits manager, Publicity Chair and Exhibitor Forum Committee. Selections are presented to the DAC EC for discussion and approval.
  • Submitted content will be presented to the EC for approval by Mid-February prior to or at the EC Winter meeting. 
  • Submitters are notified of acceptance by February 26, 2024.
  • Once the submission is accepted and notifications have been received. The submission exhibitor will be invoiced for the Exhibit Forum presentation fee of $4,000.

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Guidelines for Accepted Presentations

  • All approved presentations must be received by May 21, 2024.
  • Presentations must be submitted in PDF in 16:9 aspect ratio (slides can be created in Powerpoint but should be saved as .pdf to submit)
  • Total number of slides must be 12 or fewer (including title slide)
  • Company logo may only appear on title slide
  • Intro slide should clearly state the topic being addressed
  • Slides should be used to frame the discussion – presenters are encouraged to minimize the amount of content on the slides and focus on providing details via discussion
  • Presentation should be 30 minutes maximum to allow for 15 minutes of audience Q&A after the presentation
  • Important - ensure that you have the necessary legal, trademark, copyright, and/or organizational approval needed to submit your presentation. Take appropriate steps to get this approval early, as the submissions deadline cannot be extended.

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Guidelines for Accepted Panel Discussions

  • All approved panel discussion materials and information must be received by May 21, 2024.
  • Title of the panel discussion and abstract describing topic(s) being addressed
  • Final list of all panelists including name, title, affiliation, and email address
  • Point of view being offered by each panelist (to ensure balance and the broadest discussion)
  • Name, title, affiliation and email address for panel moderator
  • Powerpoint may be used (suggested, but not mandatory) to introduce the panel topic, panelists and moderator
  • Powerpoint may be used (suggested, but not mandatory; 2 slides maximum) if each panelist is to offer a point of view prior to the group discussion.
  • If Powerpoint slides are used they must be in 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Any Powerpoint slides should be submitted in .pdf format
  • Panel discussion including introductions is allocated 45 minutes
  • Important – panelists should ensure that they have any necessary legal, trademark, copyright, and/or organizational approval needed for their participation in the discussion.

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